The following Acts shaped the characteristics of the flag we fly today:
- June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act that the flag should be 13 alternating white and red stripes and the union be 13 white stars on a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
- Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
- Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
- Executive Order of President Taft, June 24, 1912 - established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
- Executive Order of President Eisenhower, January 3, 1959, provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered.
- Executive Order of President Eisenhower, August 21, 1959, provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically
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